UNHCHR publishes report on the gender digital divide

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has published a report on the ‘Promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet: ways to bridge the gender digital divide from a human rights perspective.’ The report outlines  complex  barriers to women’s online access including economic, socio cultural, and legislative barriers. In a special reference to online violence against women, the report calls for urgent state action for the removal of unlawful content.

The report stresses the need for  overcoming these barriers including through addressing the underrepresentation of women in STEM sectors, embedding gender equality and diversity as core values in employment policies, integrating information and communications technology in the curricula for girls, and combating online violence against women.